Do you suffer from a fear of flying? If so, have you ever considered hypnotherapy for the fear of flying or other methods to overcome it?
The good news is there are powerful strategies available to you that will help you to smash your debilitating dread to smithereens.
Read on to find out what they are!
What Causes Aviophobia?
Fear of flying can stem from a myriad of things.
For example, it might be because you panic when you’re in tightly confined spaces. Or, perhaps you feel hopelessly out of control hurtling 30,000 feet through the ether in a flimsy aluminum tube.
Another reason for your fear of flying is you’re an empath who soaks up strangers’ emotions.
As soon as we set foot in an airport, we’re suddenly surrounded by hundreds of other people. Some people who suffer from aviophobia (the fear of flying) are highly empathic, which means free-floating negative energy can infect their energy field.
Fear of flying could also come from horrifying news reports about airplane accidents. Another place it could come from is the awful dread your face will appear on the news as the latest plane crash victim.
With all the disaster movies that Hollywood has pumped out for decades, it’s easy to succumb to the belief that flying is an incredibly dangerous way to travel. And of course, the media loves to focus on airplane accidents because it’s an easy way to keep their ratings sky high.
Maybe you had a flight that was more like a nightmare than a pleasant aerial adventure. For example, if your plane stopped in mid-air and had to make a U-turn back to the airport because of one engine’s catastrophic failure.
Or, turbulence that was so insane that you felt like you were on the wildest rollercoaster ride of your entire life.
Understandably, some people’s fear of flying stems from the horrendous events in New York City on the morning of September 11, 2001.
Traumatic events that happen just before a flight can also cause a person to fear flying. For example, if you got laid off just before stepping into an airplane, or got into a horrible automobile accident before flying out on vacation.
Sometimes when something like this happens, a person transfers the fear they felt during the traumatic event to all air travel. This is known as emotional reasoning, which means you think something is dangerous because you feel anxiety while doing it.
Although people have all kinds of reasons why fear kicks in when they board a plane, panic disorder is the primary one.
An Irrational Fear
Whatever the cause, aviophobia is an irrational fear shared by millions of others.
Of course, we all know air travel does have its risks.
However, they’re minuscule compared to other things. For example, you have a greater risk of getting struck by lightning. The chances of this unfortunate event ever happening are 1 in 3,000 as opposed to a probability of 1 in 11 million of getting into an airplane accident.
It’s more dangerous to be a passenger in a car than it is to fly. What’s more, 96% of people survive an airplane accident—a slightly higher percentage than survive deadly car crashes.
People who experience crippling anxiety at even the thought of getting on a plane know that their fear is irrational. Even so, throwing oodles of logic at their fear won’t make it magically go away.
Neither will trying to obliterate it with the bogus relief provided by alcohol or drugs.
The only way to make it disappear is by retraining your brain so that flying becomes a relaxing and fun experience. By doing this, you get rid of the old programming that no longer serves by creating new neural pathways. You can then again become a supreme master of your thoughts and emotions, which is the most incredible feeling in the entire universe.
This frees you to experience all that life has in store for you. This includes taking that vacation you always dreamed about, visiting a grandchild you haven’t seen in forever, or going to Burning Man for the first time.
What Are the Symptoms of Fear of Flying?
The symptoms of fear of flying are as follows:
- Feeling dizzy
- Stomach cramps
- Heart palpitations
- Red flushed skin
- Lack of concentration
Not everyone who suffers from a fear of flying will experience all these symptoms.
Fear of flying can range from mild anxiety to a state of abject terror, which can stop a person from ever getting on a plane. Some individuals panic when they book a vacation, or even when they think about an airplane.
Ways To Overcome Fear Of Flying
There are lots of ways to overcome aviophobia, including virtual reality, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and hypnotherapy for the fear of flying.
Here are some of them:
1. Group Therapy and Classes
There are lots of programs all over the country that can help you reprogram your fearful thoughts.
The objective of these programs is to get participants to feel good about being on airplanes. Some of these programs involve watching hours of videos, participatory exercises, and supplementary phone counseling.
There are weekend sessions where people do exercises designed to short circuit panic attacks, to sap them of their power. There’s also training that helps attendees uncover their triggers, so they can respond to them in an emotionally healthy way.
The training ends with everyone hopping on a plane to a city an hour away and taking the next flight back to put what they learned into practice.
You can also participate in group therapy, consisting of classes over three days (usually over a weekend). These classes use principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to simultaneously treat a large group of people.
2. Virtual Reality
Virtual reality is now being used to help people overcome a fear of flying. This technology tricks your brain into thinking you’re on a plane, flying high above the clouds.
The purpose of using this as a therapeutic tool is it helps you reduce your anxiety in a controlled setting. It’s a form of exposure therapy that slowly introduces a person to that which he fears so he can overcome it.
VR for overcoming the fear of flying is an immersive experience, and you’ll do everything you’d do as if you were on an actual flight.
By doing this, you’ll uncover the triggers that activate your fear. Then, the therapist will give you strategies for dealing with them.
What’s great about this method is the therapist can repeatedly replay a scene to build up your confidence in your ability to respond. The therapist can zoom in on aspects of the flight experience that cause the most anxiety (like takeoffs or turbulence).
3. Box Up Your Anxiety
One of the best ways to deal with your anxiety is to fully accept it.
The more you don’t want to feel fearful about flying, the more that feeling will grow in power—even to the point where it becomes unmanageable, and your mental health suffers. So instead, allow your anxiety to be there without mentally labeling it.
Notice how every part of your body feels, from your head down to your feet.
Let the anxious energy ebb and flow. Then, imagine stuffing this energy into a carry-on bag, which you store far above you. This teaches your mind that you can set your worries aside for the trip’s duration, blessedly free from the mental baggage that could ruin it.
You can also do the “10-Second Grip.” This is where you tightly grab your armrests while contracting all of the muscles in your body. Hold for ten seconds, then let go as you inhale.
Because this little exercise loosens your muscles, it should also help you free your mind of anxiety.
4. Track One-Hour Intervals
Tracking your flight in one-hour intervals is an excellent technique to keep anxiety at bay.
To use this method, write down how long your flight will be (Pilots always announce how long the flight is over the intercom at the beginning of the trip.)
Bring a map with you so you can draw a line between the place of your departure and the city where you’ll land. Divide the line into intervals corresponding to your trip’s duration.
Set your phone alarm to alert you every hour, and make a mark indicating your current location on the line. This should significantly decrease your anxiety, keeping it within manageable levels.
5. Educate Yourself
Educating yourself about how a plane behaves in the air can go a long way to assuage your fears.
To do that, check out some books from your local library to learn everything there is to know about how airplanes work.
Then, you’ll realize that turbulence doesn’t mean the world is ending—that it’s a natural part of air travel and doesn’t mean that something wrong’s going to happen. You’ll also know that all those strange noises you hear aren’t signs that the plane’s falling apart. And if you understand that the sound underneath the plane is the landing gear being lowered, you might become a little less nervous.
You can also get some books on the physiological changes your brain undergoes when you experience air-borne terror.
This will help you control your own body’s reactions.
Another thing to do is to go to YouTube to find videos of planes taking off and landing. This will help you to become more psychologically acclimated to the process.
6. Hypnotherapy For The Fear Of Flying
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are excellent ways to reset your brain, so you can start to be more rational about your air travel adventures.
They’re both incredibly effective at changing your beliefs, leaving you with the confident reassurance that flying is a safe and enjoyable way to travel.
Forget every hackneyed hypnosis stereotype you’ve ever seen.
Hypnosis sessions are one of the most powerful tools on the planet for changing unwanted behaviors, programming your mind for wealth, quitting smoking, and so many other things. During hypnosis for the fear of flying, you’ll enter a deep state of relaxation where your subconscious mind can be accessed.
This is where all your fear-based beliefs dwell, robbing your life of its exquisite joy.
Words are a thousand times more potent here than they are at the outer conscious levels. Sprinkle a few suggestions on the fertile soil of the inner conscious levels of your mind. Then, over a few short weeks, you can dramatically change the way you feel about flying.
A superb way to overcome fears is through controlled exposure, which is experiencing the thing that’s causing your anxiety. In a “fear of flying” hypnotherapy session, you’ll do this repeatedly until the fear no longer has any power over you.
Playing a hypnotherapy for the fear of flying audiotape a few days before your flight and during takeoff and landing will help rid you of your anxiety.
Your fear of flying could mean you’re missing out on weddings, family reunions, reinvigorating summer trips, and other events that can enrich your life.
One of the best (and cheapest) ways to overcome your fear of flying is to listen to a hypnotherapy for the fear of flying audio session.
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When you do, you’ll start to experience a life where every limiting belief you have is transcended, long-held goals are attained, and you free your mind from negative programming.